Autism Speaks | December 11 IACC Meeting | 2009 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

December 11 IACC Meeting

Washington, DC (December 11, 2009) — The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) met on Friday, December 11, via conference call and webinar accessible to the public. The primary purpose of Friday’s meeting was to consider two remaining sections (Questions 1 and 7) of proposed revisions to the Strategic Plan for Autism Research. 

Question 7 is a new section of the plan devised to specify what infrastructure and surveillance needs must be met. The plan states that additional investment in infrastructure is necessary to encourage and enable individuals with ASD and their families to participate in research, to collect and share data among researchers, and to improve the speed with which findings are disseminated and translated into practice. Much of the discussion focused on ways to improve investigator participation in the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR). IACC approved a short-term objective to reach 90% participation in data sharing with NDAR. Additionally, it approved an objective to establish and maintain an international network of biobanks and support continued collection of brain, skin, fibroblasts, and other biomaterials. Question 7 was approved unanimously by the IACC.

Question 1 was also approved unanimously. This section of the plan is centered upon the goal that children at risk for ASD will be identified with reliable methods before behavioral characteristics are fully manifested. Its focus is on early childhood age and the means by which findings can be disseminated and health care professionals trained. It included a long-term objective to develop by 2014 a panel of biomarkers to accurately identify children, before age 2, at risk for one or more subtypes of ASD.

With Questions 1 and 7 approved, revisions from the meeting will be incorporated into a final revised version of the Strategic Plan expected to be approved in January 2010. 

The IACC will next meet on January 19, 2010.


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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